Lesson 6: Local councillors

Developing an understanding of the role of local government by acting out a scenario where some of the class are councillors and others are local residents.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To develop an understanding of the role of local government

National curriculum

  • Democracy is not included in the statutory guidance however the DfE National Framework for Citizenship 2015 says schools should teach What democracy is and about the basic institutions that support it locally and nationally.  Democracy is also one of the fundamental British values.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could use the Activity: Local resident characters resource to help them in their role as a local resident.


Pupils working at greater depth: Could take on the role of a councillor during the role play and should be challenged to look at things from the viewpoint of both the residents and the council.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experienceThe practical knowledge we gain after partaking in an event or occurrence…. in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers…
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